Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
The residency program is open to professionals whose primary areas of practice include the arts, heritage or education. The Ewart Duggan residency orogram is open to all Canadian and international cultural professionals both established as well as emerging. All disciplines will be considered including but not limited to: writing, research, painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, ceramics, design, architecture, photography, installation, performance, video and film, filmmaking, new media, and audio. They encourage applications from diverse cultural and regional communities.
Residents selected for this program are expected to publicly engage with the community in some manner during their residency.
This program provides awarded applicants access to the resources of the Esplanade arts & heritage centre for the term of their residency.
The Ewart Duggan House provides residents a quiet and conveniently located setting in which to work. It is fully furnished with negotiable work areas. Accommodation for residents is situated on the second floor of the house, with access to the main floor kitchen and dining areas. The upper level consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom, study and lounge. It has north and south balconies off the lounge and main bedroom areas respectively. The north facing balcony overlooks the South Saskatchewan River and historic Law Courts.
Access to the resources of a particular area within the Esplanade arts & heritage centre, neighbour to the house, may also be arranged.
The Ewart Duggan House was built in 1887 for local businessman John Ewart by contractor Harry Yuill using bricks produced locally by the McCord brickyard. This magnificent house stands on Medicine Hat’s historic First Street and is acknowledged as the oldest brick residence in Alberta. Overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, this classic two storey Victorian design remained the Ewart Duggan family home until 1987. The Province of Alberta designated the house a Provincial Historic Site in 1993, preserving it for future generations to enjoy. In 2002, the house was donated by I-XL Brick Industries to the City of Medicine Hat under the stewardship of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. Located in the beautiful river valley and in close proximity to the historic downtown, the Ewart Duggan House offers an extensive walking and cycling trail system moments away. Staying in Medicine Hat provides opportunities to explore the rich diversity of the south eastern Alberta region and experience life in this river valley city.